Why did my doctor tell me to stop smoking to help with my ED?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Smoking might wreck havoc on your sex life long before it kills you. If you smoke, your risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) is 40% higher than if you never smoked. The more cigarettes you puff, the greater the risk of choking your sex life.

Here’s why: Smoking cigarettes impairs the blood flowing through your arteries into your penis. It’s a simple equation: no blood flow = no woody. Smoking impairs your body’s ability to produce nitric oxide, a short-acting compound that helps relax your arterial muscles so blood can flow smoothly.

Now, let’s be honest. Quitting the smokes isn’t going to cure your ED overnight. But you’ll stop doing the damage to your arteries, and incidentally, save your own life.

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